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Pupil destinations from schools in Wales 2019

"Pupil destinations, Education, Training, Employment and NEET"

The destinations of school leavers report undertaken by Careers Wales on behalf of Welsh Government has been published.

The survey reports the destinations of 53,203 year 11, 12 and 13 pupils from secondary and all age schools across Wales, detailing education, employment and training progression routes chosen by young people.

Key findings

Staying in full-time education

A key finding in this survey shows that a high number of students are opting to continue in full-time education each year with 87.4% of respondents in 2017, 84.8% in 2018 and 86.8% in 2019.

Staying in full-time education continues to be the most popular choice for every age group, accounting for 88.2% of Year 11s, 92.8% of Year 12s and 75.6% of Year 13s, followed by entering the labour market through government supported training or work.

Entering work-based learning

Entering work-based learning was most popular amongst Year 13 students at 11.7%, with 8.1% of Year 11s also opting for this route.

Going straight into employment

The percentages of young people going straight into work stood at 2.5% for Year 11, 2.5% for Year 12 and 9.1% for Year 13.

Annual Survey Resource

The annual survey provides a useful snapshot of pupil destinations* which helps inform careers advisers in their work with customers, parents, teachers and employers.

The data collected also proves an invaluable resource to partners involved in planning learning, training and employment opportunities.

Nerys Bourne, Careers Wales’ Head of Services to Young People said: “The outcome of the survey underlines the importance of impartial careers information, advice and guidance to help inform young people make informed decisions at 16,17 and 18 and the role Careers Wales plays in supporting those decisions.

It is encouraging to report that less than 3% of Year 11 school leavers will be NEET (not in employment, education and training) on leaving statutory education.”

Further information and all the findings can be found on Pupil destinations

*The destination information is recorded as a result of the pupil’s known activity on 31st October 2019.

Sample size per survey
2017: 56,404
2018: 53,629
2019: 53,203